You hear that sound? Yeah neither do I…most of the state hasn’t had to use one of these in nearly 10 months, but the lack of snow is not always a good thing.
[Yonghao Lo, Plant Pathologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station]
Snow can serve as the insulation.
So with no snow on the ground, are our trees vulnerable this winter?
Normally trees planted over the last year or two years ago, the root system haven’t set up yet so those root systems are very vulnerable to the sudden changes of the temperature.
[Meteorologist Sam Kantrow] So it may not be so great if you have a young tree especially in Evergreen trade but for the people who are planting Christmas trees is it may actually help with a timeline a little bit.
[Thomas HarbisonJones Family Farms] The ground is firm and we have a little bit residue of snow so that allows us to be working out in our fields. Currently our ag staff are in the Christmas tree locations. We’re taking all the branches off of the stumps and cutting the stumps down to the ground. We are getting ready that we would be able to plant our Christmas trees for next spring.
Alright so we haven’t got any snow and I guess that’s pretty good for the Christmas trees for next year but how about these above average temperatures. We’re getting close to maple syrup season, come in for a closer look.
What you are looking at on this tree is not actually water, it’s sap that’s flowing from the tree. Usually maple sugaring season doesn’t begin for at least another month, so does that mean we’re not going to get any maple syrup across Connecticut this year?
[Vincent Lavorgna, Brooksvale Park Ranger, Hamden] You know it’ll all depend on the weather in the month of February mostly around here and March. The thing that makes the maple sugaring season the shortest would be a big warm up earlier in the year.
Okay even really felt much cold or see much snow across Connecticut it looks like we’ll be okay as we continue to head to the rest of winter. Let’s see how that pans out. I’m Meteorologist Sam Kantrow, News8.